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Colorectal Cancer Screening (COL)

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer in the United States this year. It is more important than ever to encourage patients 50 years and older to receive regular screening tests.

The HEDIS® Measure

Adults 50-75 years of age who have a colorectal cancer screening within acceptable timeframes:

Documentation required

  • Procedure reports 
  • Consult/Lab reports with evidence of appropriate screening (see list)
  • Progress note indicating type of testing and date performed (year of exam will suffice*)

Appropriate screenings include one of the following:

  • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) performed every year
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy performed every 5 years 
  • CT Colonography performed every 5 years 
  • Colonoscopy performed every 10 years 

Provider Tips

  • Strongly encourage screening
  • Emphasize importance of early detection
  • Help patients overcome barriers if reluctant to go for testing
  • Offer alternative methods of screening (eg FOBT, Cologuard)

Remember three acceptable forms of documentation include:

  1. Reports from GI provider (i.e.-Colonoscopy Report)
  2. Lab Reports (FOBT-2018)
  3. Progress Notes* indicating type of testing and date performed (Exact date is not necessary, year of exam will suffice)

*Progress Notes: Do not use vague terms such as done “approximately” or write question marks (??) when documenting when a procedure was performed.

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